The Chester community is being called on to turn out to show their support for the family of a toddler who was killed when a fireplace fell on him.

Two-year-old Malaki Hughes died at his home in Saltney on September 12.

Danny Parker’s little girl attended the same playschool as Malaki, and Danny was so moved by Malaki’s tragic death he has decided to hold an event in his memory and to raise funds for his family.

The fundraiser, which will feature a buffet and bouncy castle, will be held at The Waggon and Horses in Blacon from 1pm until 4pm on Sunday (September 25).

Danny, who is from Blacon but now lives in Saltney, said: “When I heard about it, I couldn’t help but think of what I would do in that situation.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

“I’m hoping to raise at the very least £1,000 to pay towards baby Malaki’s headstone.

“I’ve been in touch with Malaki’s mother and she will be coming on Sunday so I want to get a great turn-out to show our love and support.

“I would say to anyone that if you have kids or loved ones then put yourself in the shoes of Malaki’s family for a moment, and if that doesn’t make you want to help then I don’t know what will.”

One-hundred helium balloons will be let off in Malaki’s memory after the event.

Raffle prizes including restaurant vouchers, a three-month gym membership and Chester FC football tickets will be up for grabs, and donation buckets will be dotted around the venue.

Tickets for the raffle cost £2.50 each or five for £10, and can only be purchased on the day.

All money raised will go to Malaki’s family.